Dog Day Afternoon
DIRECTOR: SIDNEY LUMET
CAST: AL PACINO, JOHN CAZALE, PENELOPE ALLEN, CAROL KANE
SCREENPLAY - FRANK PIERSON
Al Pacino, in as close as he gets to a career-defining role, is volcanic and splenetic, playing Sonny Wortzik, a small-time crook who makes big-time headlines while maintaining a volatile hostage situation with partner John Cazale at First Brooklyn Saving Bank—the locations are Windsor Terrace. As the standoff drags on, Wortzik’s personal life becomes property of police and reporters, while the public adopt him as an unlikely brigand-hero, to cheers of “Attica! Attica!” The opening montage of New York - traffic, dogs poking at garbage, a rooftop pool - set to Elton John’s “Amoreena,” is a mini-city symphony, and one-half of the soundtrack to this series.